Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Haryana calls MLAs’ meeting on house tax
Chandigarh, October 2
The Haryana Government has convened a meeting of MLAs here on Thursday to discuss the controversial house tax policy. The exact agenda of the meeting is not clear.

Scindia’s death ‘orphans’ many Cong leaders
Chandigarh, October 2
Several Congress leaders of Haryana and Punjab have lost their godfather in the death of Mr Madhavrao Scindia in a plane crash in Uttar Pradesh on September 30.

KU ignores BCI affiliation for law institute
Karnal, October 2
The Bar Council of India (BCI), the apex statutory body controlling legal education in the country, has taken serious objection to the opening of a National Law Institute by Kurukshetra University on its campus.


Imposing memorial in memory of martyrs
Ambala, October 2
“Slain you will obtain heaven, Victorious you will enjoy earth. Therefore stand up O son of Kunti, resolved to fight”, says the Gita.  

The newly refurbished Vijay Smarak in Ambala Cantonment.

The newly refurbished Vijay Smarak in Ambala Cantonment.

CM visits mandis, issues instructions
Sonepat, October 2
The Haryana Government has made adequate arrangements for the purchase of paddy at the minimum support price fixed by the Centre at all foodgrain markets and purchasing centres set up by the procurement agencies, including the Food Corporation of India (FCI).



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Crime graph up in Jhajjar
Jhajjar, October 2
The state government’s claims on normalising the law and order stand exposed as there has been a sharp rise in the crime graph here. A feeling of insecurity and terror has gripped people as the incidents of heinous crime, including murder, rape and robbery, have been rampant here.

Illegal colonisers to be punished, says Chautala
Jind, October 2
Talking to mediapersons at Narwana, about 40 km from here, yesterday, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, said the government would punish those colonisers who developed unauthorised colonies.

Ambala sways to Mann’s tunes
Ambala, October 2
Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann enthralled the audience with his foot-tapping songs at War Heroes Memorial Stadium in Ambala Cantt last night. Known for his unique style of singing, Gurdas Mann started the evening with Guru Vandana.

Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann performs at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantt. — Photo N. Chopra

Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann performs at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantt.

Bank employees seek self-reliant economy
Ambala, October 2
The fourth conference of the Canara Bank Employees Union Haryana, was held at Rukmani Devi Hall, Ambala Cantt, today. Mr A. Shashikanath was the chief guest while, Mr J. Venkataramanan was the guest of honour at the conference which was well attended.

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Post-offices go hi-tech
Ambala
People may not have to wait in queues at post offices in Haryana as the Department of Posts is going in for computerisation in a big way.

Panchayat’s ultimatum in Punia case
Hisar, October 2
The panchayat spearheading the stir for a high level probe into the murder of former legislator Relu Ram Punia and seven members of his family today gave an ultimatum to the police to book the real culprits by October 4 failing which it would file a writ in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on October 8 for handing over the investigation to the CBI.

6 booked in dowry death case
Fatehabad, October 2
The police today booked six members of a family in connection with a dowry death at Tohana town in the district. The accused include the victim’s husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

Man, 2 sons shot in land dispute
Faridabad, October 2
A person and his two sons were shot dead allegedly by some armed assailants at Deegot village in Palwal subdivision on Sunday night.

Two killed in house collapse
Sonepat, October 2
Two persons died on the spot and one was injured when the structure of a house collapsed during religious congregations at Barwasni village, about 5 km from here, today.


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Haryana calls MLAs’ meeting on house tax
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Haryana Government has convened a meeting of MLAs here on Thursday to discuss the controversial house tax policy.

The exact agenda of the meeting is not clear. Officials of the Local Bodies Department said that issues such as the assessment of house tax, which had triggered allegations about corruption in the past and other contentious matters would be discussed at the meeting.

The sources said that 47 MLAs from various parties, representing constituencies having municipal comittees, had been invited to the meeting scheduled to take place at Haryana Nivas at 11 a.m. The meeting will be presided over by the Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr Subhash Goyal.

One of the objectives of the meeting, it is believed, will be to evolve a consensus among the MLAs regarding the formulation of the new house tax policy. Earlier, in July, Mr Goyal and Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Director, Local Bodies, interacted with representatives of various municipal committees at a series of meetings when they tried to explain the new house tax policy to the invitees.

Thursday’s meeting of the MLAs follows a meeting of legislators of the INLD, the BJP and Independents, presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here on September 28 when Mr Chautala asked Mr Goyal to discuss various issues pertaining to the house tax policy with MLAs representing urban constituencies.

Talking to TNS, officials of the Local Bodies Department claimed that holding a meeting of the MLAs should not be interpreted as an indication of the state government having second thoughts on the implementation of the new house tax policy.

At present notices are being issued to parties regarding their house tax assessment and objections are being invited from them. A three-member committee, comprising members of urban local bodies, has been formed in each municipal area to deal with the objections. “Shortly, we will be sending house tax bills to people for making payments”, official sources said.

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Scindia’s death ‘orphans’ many Cong leaders
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Several Congress leaders of Haryana and Punjab have lost their godfather in the death of Mr Madhavrao Scindia in a plane crash in Uttar Pradesh on September 30.

In the case of Haryana these leaders had been able to remain, by and large, aloof from the known factions of the party primarily because they had the patronage of Mr Scindia, who, often, at the time of elections, ensured the party ticket for these leaders despite reservations of the local satraps like Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Birender Singh.

In Punjab the biggest sufferer is Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, who defeated Mr Sukhbir Badal, son of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, from the Faridkot Lok Sabha constituency in the last elections. Mr Brar, who has a running feud with the Punjab Congress president, Capt Amarinder Singh, had invited Mr Scindia to be the chief guest at a rally organised by him(Mr Brar) at Malout recently.

One of the Haryana Congress leaders to be most affected by the death of Mr Scindia is Mr Ranjit Singh, younger son of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal. Mr Ranjit Singh had a good rapport with Mr Scindia, who always pleaded the Haryana leader’s case with the party high command. Informed sources say that it was due to the efforts of Mr Scindia that Mr Ranjit Singh was made the Congress candidate from the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency during the 1998 parliamentary elections.

Similarly, a former Haryana bureaucrat-turned-politician, Dr K.R. Punia, too enjoyed the patronage of Mr Scindia, who helped him in getting the party ticket during 1991, the Jhajjar Assembly byelection in 1996 and again in 2000. At the time of the 1996 general election both Mr Scindia and Dr Punia had quit the Congress and contested the elections after forming their own parties. Mr Scindia was denied the party ticket by the then Prime Minister and Congress President, Mr P.V. Narasimha Rao. Both rejoined the Congress after the exit of Mr Rao from the seat of power.

Another Haryana Congress leader who had close relations with Mr Scindia is Rao Inderjit Singh, son of a former Haryana Chief Minister, Rao Birendra Singh, who was once known as the uncrowned king of Ahirwal. Mr Scindia was the chief guest at a function organised by Rao Inderjit Singh in connection with the birth anniversary of an Ahir martyr, Rao Tula Ram, in Rewari in the last week of September.

The sources say Mr Scindia had a soft spot for the Haryana Congress president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Both disliked Mr Narasimha Rao. Another reason behind Mr Scindia’s support to Mr Hooda had its genesis in Madhya Pradesh politics. A former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Arjun Singh, and Mr Scindia headed separate factions in the party unit of that state.

Mr Arjun Singh is close to a former Haryana Congress president, Mr Birender Singh, who had left the Congress when Mr Arjun Singh and a former UP Chief Minister, Mr N.D. Tiwari, formed the Congress (Tiwari). It is but natural that even after a merger between the Congress and its Tiwari offshoot, Mr Arjun Singh still supports Mr Birender Singh. Mr Scindia used to counter Mr Arjun Singh’s advocacy of Mr Birender Singh’s cause before the party high command. It was Mr Scindia’s political compulsion.

When the list of Congress candidates for the 2000 Assembly elections was being finalised, Mr Scindia enjoyed considerable clout. It was out of his love for sports and sportsmen that he persuaded the party high command to nominate a wrestler, Sanjay Singh, from the Rohat Assembly constituency and a volleyball player, Balkar Singh, from the Pundri Assembly constituency, despite strong reservations expressed by senior Haryana Congress leaders. Mr Scindia’s nominees fared badly in the elections.

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KU ignores BCI affiliation for law institute
K.G. Dutt

Karnal, October 2
The Bar Council of India (BCI), the apex statutory body controlling legal education in the country, has taken serious objection to the opening of a National Law Institute by Kurukshetra University on its campus. The Vice-Chairman of the council, Mr B.S. Rathore, in a letter to the Registrar of Kurukshetra University, has taken exception to the action of the varsity to open the National Law Institute without fulfilling “the statutory requirement of getting approval of affiliation from the Bar Council of India” for running such a law college.

Mr Rathore in the letter which was exclusively released to The Tribune today has told the varsity authorities that the BCI will not be “responsible” if students admitted to the institute “without having such affiliation from the varsity and approval of affiliation from the Bar Council of India are denied enrolment as advocates by the state bar councils”.

Kurukshetra University will face a quandary and the future of hundreds of students freshly enrolled for the five-year law course will be jeopardised if the BCI did not change its stand.

The foundation stone of the newly opened National Institute of Law was laid on September 1, by Mr Justice A.S. Anand, Chief Justice of India. The Governor of Haryana and Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Babu Parmanand, had presided over the function in which six judges of the Supreme Court as well as the Punjab and Haryana High Court, including Mr Justice A.B. Saharia, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice Jasbir Singh, Mr Justice A.S. Garg, Mr Justice A.S. Gill, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar had participated along with other legal luminaries from Haryana. It is learnt that Kurukshetra University had already made admissions to the five-year law course. Dr Aggarwal from the Department of Laws had been appointed Director of the institute. The total cost of the project has been estimated at about Rs 3 crore.

Mr Rathore in his letter has pointed out that no new law college can be opened without seeking permission from the state government, affiliation from university and, finally, approval of affiliation by the BCI. Inquiries made by this reporter indicate that the varsity had fulfilled the first two conditions but the approval of affiliation by the BCI had not been granted. It tantamounts to the violation of statutory regulations of the council by Kurukshetra University. Mr Rathore also told this correspondent that the council had already brought this violation to the notice of the Chief Justice of India. He maintained that even the CJI was in the dark about the non-seeking of affiliation from the BCI.

The letter further states that the BCI is “opposed to any university of organisation or private person naming any law college as “National Law School”. The Vice-Chairman has brought it to the notice of varsity authorities that last year the MDU, Rohtak, had opened a new law college at Gurgaon and named it as National Law College. The BCI had directed the MDU to drop the word “National” as it gave a wrong message to the students about the character of the institute.

Mr Rathore further said the BCI had already requested the Government of India to open national law schools at eight more places. The council had made a request to all high courts in the country to set-up national law schools on the pattern of the National Law School of India in Bangalore which is also a “deemed university” by the BCI. Three more national law universities on the pattern of the Bangalore law institute had been set-up by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh at Bhopal, Jodhpur and Hyderabad, respectively.

Mr Rathore said the BCI, through a resolution No. 102, 1999, had requested the Government of India to set-up eight more national law swchools at Guwahati (for the states of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh), Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Allahabad (UP), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Karnal (Punjab and Haryana), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Bilaspur (HP) and Bhubaneswar for the state of Orissa.

Mr Rathore has questioned the opening of the National Law School at Kurukshetra when the BCI had recommended to the Union Government to open such a school at Karnal for the states of Punjab and Haryana.

The copy of the BCI resolution had also been sent to Kurukshetra University’s Registrar.

The Vice-Chairman has clearly stated that the BCI was opposed to the naming of institutions as “National Law Schools” as these stood on a different footing than the law schools set-up by the universities, organisationsl or individuals. National Law Schools have an All-India character and “are universities established by state governments”. He has asked the varsity to take immediate steps for seeking approval of affiliation of the BCI as provided for under the rules of the BCI in Part-IV.

Even the BCI will face a difficult situation in approving the affiliation as its resolution had clearly recommended that a national law school should be opened at Karnal. Moreover, Kurukshetra University had laid the foundation stone of the institute within its campus. How will two universities function on the same campus will pose a dilemma both for the BCI and the varsity.

The council has sent copies of its letter raising these objections to the Haryana Chief Minister, the Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

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Imposing memorial in memory of martyrs
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 2
“Slain you will obtain heaven, Victorious you will enjoy earth. Therefore stand up O son of Kunti, resolved to fight”, says the Gita.

These words on the newly refurbished War Memorial in Ambala Cantonment is a salute to those soldiers who have attained martyrdom while defending our nation’s territorial integrity.

The War Memorial, situated near the 2 Corp Headquarters, has been given a major facelift and the “Vijay Samarak” flanked by two Vijayanta tanks is a memorial for the martyrs of the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

The new memorial will be dedicated to the troops stationed in Ambala on the Raising Day of the 2 Corps.

Earlier, there was a rifle in Shok Shastra in a glass frame at the War memorial. It has now been replaced with a “Kharga”. Having a sharp edge, it is an effective weapon used in earlier wars. Incidentally, kharga is also the formation sign.

Spread over about an acre, the war memorial has a well-laid out garden in both sides with water fountains in their centre. The memorial looks grand and imposing.

The Roll of Honour is of Army personnel who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1971 war. Their names have been inscribed in gold over the black granite stone. The soldiers and their units which are engraved on one wall include 4 Sikh, 2 Sikh LI, 4 Sikh LI, 13 Dogra, 15 Kumaon (Indore), 8 Bihar and 1 Jak Rif, with Mention-in-Dispatches for 4 Jak Rif, 1 Naga, 2/5 GR and 2/9 GR.

On the other wall, the soldiers and their units which are engraved include 45 Cavalry, 3 Fd Regt, 6 Fd Regt, 14 Fd Regt, 67 Fd Regt, 194 Fd Regt, 11 Guards, 50 (I) Para Brigade, 7 Para, 5 Maratha LI, 22 Rajput and 5 Jat.

The new war memorial has more space for names of martyrs and it has also led to beautification in front of the Corp Headquarters. The exercise to renovate the war memorial has taken about six months, with the designing of the war memorial being undertaken by Army officials.

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CM visits mandis, issues instructions
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 2
The Haryana Government has made adequate arrangements for the purchase of paddy at the minimum support price fixed by the Centre at all foodgrain markets and purchasing centres set up by the procurement agencies, including the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while inspecting Ganaur mandi in the district, about 16 km from here, today.

He stated that the government had issued strict instructions to the officials of the procurement agencies not to harass the paddy growers. He also warned officials that the government woud take stern action against them if they were found guilty of harassment and malpractices during procurement.

Mr Chautala appealed to the arhtiyas and traders not to exploit the paddy growers. He also asked the district and police authorities to take actio if any one was found indulging in irregularities.

Earlier, Mr Chautala heard the grievances of the traders, arhtiyas and paddy growers in the presence of the officials of the procurement agencies. They were demanding that the Ganaur mandi should be handed over to HAFED and not FCI for paddy procurement as the FCI was adopting delaying tactics in making payments and loading operations. They also demanded immediate opening of the branch of the SBI at Ganaur.

He directed the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police to take immediate and effective steps for the vacation of illegal occupation of the panchayat ghar at Rajlu Garhi by certain influential persons.

Mr Dev Raj Dewan, Mr Suraj Mal Antil, both MLAs, Mr Ved Singh Malik, former minister, Mr S.N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner and Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, SP were among those who accompanied the Chief Minister.

HISAR: The Chief Minister on Monday made surprise visits to several grain markets in the area to inspect paddy procurement.

He visited Uklana and Barwala mandis of the district. Even senior district officials did not know about the visit. When they reached the mandis, Mr Chautala had left as he halted there for a few minutes only. Even party office-bearers and workers were totally unware of the visit. He met farmers and made queries about procurement.

Farmers complained of improper street lighting and lack of drinking water in mandis.

Earlier, Mr Chautala visited Narwana (Jind), Bhuna, Ratia and Tohana (Fatehabad) mandis.

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Crime graph up in Jhajjar
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 2
The state government’s claims on normalising the law and order stand exposed as there has been a sharp rise in the crime graph here. A feeling of insecurity and terror has gripped people as the incidents of heinous crime, including murder, rape and robbery, have been rampant here.

More and more youths, especially with rural background and jobless, are taking to the world of crime in search of a lavish life style. They are taking it up in a professional way. This fact has come to light with the arrest of many such elements in the recent past. A number of gangs of criminals are active in the region.

Police sources said the presence of many such gangs had also led to instances of gang wars among rival groups. About 10 notorious criminals had lost their lives in such encounters this year.

According to the details available from the district police office, 40 cases of murder have been registered so far, while 37 were registered last year. Of these 17 cases were reported in the Bahadurgarh (Sadar) police station area. Despite putting all out efforts, the police has failed to find a clue in double murder cases in Chhudani and Asaudha villages.

Mr Mohammed Akil, SSP, said intensive investigation into the murder cases was on.

In another murder case in Chhudani village two persons, including an accused in a murder case, were shot dead. Last week, the SSP said, “Although the police investigation is on, families of the victims seem not to have interest in any further inquiry”.

In fact some villages of the Bahadurgarh Sadar region, including Issarheri, Mandothi, Asaudha, have become a hub of criminal activities. In Issarheri village alone, six persons from two rival families have lost their lives in gangwars. More than 12 criminals involved in murder and robbery cases belong to these villages. Karamvir, main accused in the double murder case in which a principal and a lecturer were shot dead in Rewari district in August is also a resident of Mandothi village.

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Illegal colonisers to be punished, says Chautala
Our Correspondent

Jind, October 2
Talking to mediapersons at Narwana, about 40 km from here, yesterday, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, said the government would punish those colonisers who developed unauthorised colonies.

He said the provision for punishment would soon be made in law. He said the use of polythene bags had been prohibited in the state. He said sewerage choking was mainly due to the use of polythene bags.

Mr Chautala said to keep cities clean and pollution free, dairies and transport companies would be shifted from the cities and would be set up outside the municipal limits.

He said in the second phase of sarkar apke dwar programme, only 14 Assembly constituencies remained to be covered. He said financial assistance was being given to gram vikas samities for development works in the rural areas.

Later, the Chief Minister, visited grain markets at Narwana, Dhamtan and Jind to check the sale of paddy. Talking to farmers, he said every grain of their paddy would be purchased. He said elaborate arrangements had been made to store the purchased paddy. He directed district officers to provide all basic facilities to the farmers in the grain markets.

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Ambala sways to Mann’s tunes
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 2
Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann enthralled the audience with his foot-tapping songs at War Heroes Memorial Stadium in Ambala Cantt last night.

Known for his unique style of singing, Gurdas Mann started the evening with Guru Vandana. He then moved on to “Tere ishq girda painda”, which set the mood for the evening.

His song “Jat risky after whisky” made the people sway and dance to his music. The song “Main Haryane ka Jat” was received enthusiastically by the audience, particularly by the policemen on duty.

Attempting to send across a social message through his songs, Gurdas Maan sang “Ik to honwe ik main honwa”, which was about educated women for better living.

Presenting “Chhalla” and “Kamli”, he showed his prowess in traditional music, which was enjoyed by people of all age groups. The song “Mamla gadbad hai” was the highlight of the show and people requested him to sing it again.

Among others, the songs sung by him included “Apna Punjab howe”, “Banto nikal gai” and “Jadoogarian kardi hain sade naal”.

The show went on for about two hours. Those present included Mr Faqir Chand Mullana, Mr Jasbir Mallour, Ms Veena Chhibber, Mr Suresh Kansal, Mr H.S. Ahlawat, IG, Deputy Commissioner D.D. Gautam, ADC Mahinder Kumar and SP Sandeep Khirwar. There was a heavy police bandobast at the stadium.

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Bank employees seek self-reliant economy
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 2
The fourth conference of the Canara Bank Employees Union Haryana, was held at Rukmani Devi Hall, Ambala Cantt, today. Mr A. Shashikanath was the chief guest while, Mr J. Venkataramanan was the guest of honour at the conference which was well attended.

At the conference, bank employees reiterated their opposition to the “anti-people” steps taken by the government in pursuit of reforms by way of free entry of foreign capital in all fields of economic activities, large-scale disinvestment of public sector undertaking and free entry of all types of commodities to the detriment of our indigenous production. Mr N.P. Munjal, general secretary, Haryana Bank Employees Federation, said the conference took note of the fact that agricultural production had gone down, industrial growth was virtually stagnant, unemployment was on the rise and no new jobs were being created in any field.

The bank employees opined that the retarded growth of the country was solely due to faulty economic policies pursued by the government as per the dictates of the IMF, World Bank and World Trade Organisation. The speakers at the conference demanded that steps should be taken for a healthy, viable and vibrant banking system. The steps include assurance to publish bank load defaulters’ list, remove ‘secrecy’ clause, declare wilful default of bank loans a criminal offence and introduce independent banking audit system.

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Post-offices go hi-tech
Rahul Das

Ambala
People may not have to wait in queues at post offices in Haryana as the Department of Posts is going in for computerisation in a big way.

The Chief Post Master General, Haryana Circle, Mr TR Sharma, says that in addition to all the 16 head post offices in Haryana, 30 sub post offices have been provided with computer-based multi-purpose counter machines (MPCM).

“We propose to install computers in 20 more offices in the current year. With the MPCMs, the customers get every service at a single window. The service is prompt and error-free, and the waiting time is reduced,” he says.

Computerised savings bank services will be introduced in 10 of the 16 head post offices in the state. For this, 66 computers are in operation. In the remaining six head post offices, computers have been installed and data entry work is in progress, which will be completed in the next three months.

To facilitate quick transmission of money orders within India, VSAT technology is being used by the Department of Posts. In all 78 VSAT stations have been installed in India, which are linked to one another through satellite. “In Haryana circle, we have two VSAT stations, one at Ambala and the other at Rohtak. There are 16 extended satellite money order stations which send money orders from their areas through modem and telephone to VSAT for instant transmission through satellite,” Mr Sharma said.

To ensure proper processing of public complaints, customer care centres have been established at the headquarters of all the nine postal divisions in Haryana.

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Panchayat’s ultimatum in Punia case
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 2
The panchayat spearheading the stir for a high level probe into the murder of former legislator Relu Ram Punia and seven members of his family today gave an ultimatum to the police to book the real culprits by October 4 failing which it would file a writ in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on October 8 for handing over the investigation to the CBI.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the panchayat held at Litani village near here this evening. Mr Bhim Singh, head of the Sangharsh Samiti formed by residents of the area presided.

According to the panchayat spokesman, Mr Uday Veer Punia, the meeting sought immediate transfer of the SP Hisar Mr Rajpal Singh holding him responsible for the tardy progress in the case and not recording a proper FIR. He said members of the panchayat were of the view that a fair probe could not be expected with the present SP at the helm of affairs. He pointed out that even, 45 days after the murders, the police had not made any breakthrough in the case.

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6 booked in dowry death case
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 2
The police today booked six members of a family in connection with a dowry death at Tohana town in the district. The accused include the victim’s husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

The victim Baljit Kaur, daughter of Harbilas, a farmer from Kharaiti Khera village in Punjab, was married to Darshan Singh, a resident of Tohana. Baljit Kaur’s body was recovered by the police from the Bhakhra canal near Pirthala village in the district on September 29, 2001. The vicitm’s father, Harbilas, had lodged a complaint with the police naming six members of the victim’s in-law’s family who had been harassing her for dowry.

He had alleged that either they had done her daughter to death and then thrown her in the canal or his daughter had committed suicide by jumping into the canal after she was fed up with the bad treatment meted out to her by her in-law’s. 
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Man, 2 sons shot in land dispute
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 2
A person and his two sons were shot dead allegedly by some armed assailants at Deegot village in Palwal subdivision on Sunday night.

According to police reports, the deceased have been identified as Gangi and his two sons, Tejpal and Kriparam. Country made revolvers were used in the crime and the culprits fled away after committing the murders. It was reported that a land dispute could be the main reason behind the triple murder. The victims had been tilling about 10 acres on lease basis. Owners of the land had reportedly asked the three to stop farming on their land, a few months ago. Kin of the victims have demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

Meanwhile, Anup Negi (29), an electrician with a private company, was stabbed to death by some miscreants at the busy NHPC crossing on the Delhi-Mathura road here last evening. The assailants fled away when some residents intervened. The victim having about Rs 5,000 with him was declared brought dead by doctors at the Civil Hospital.

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Two killed in house collapse
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 2
Two persons died on the spot and one was injured when the structure of a house collapsed during religious congregations at Barwasni village, about 5 km from here, today.

According to a report reaching here, the victims were identified as Ran Singh (54) and Balbir Singh (55). The injured Prem Singh, was hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

There was an unprecedented rush of the devotees during the satsang which started late in the evening yesterday. At 4 a.m. today, the structure collapsed.

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